Tell me about yourself.
From the age of five I knew I wanted to be an entertainer of some kind. Acting is something that I’ve always wanted to do but my profession is modeling, which kind of just happened. I’m part of an agency, Maggie Inc., out of Boston. Most recently I did some work for Converse and Clarks for their spring campaigns. I’ve independently modeled for Rocawear as well. I really love modeling and would be content to wake up and do it every day. I also have my own t-shirt line called Crack Artist.
I know, I know, but it actually refers to the addiction of art. Our logo is a sharpened pencil and it symbolizes the life of an artist; it’s the most basic tool of the trade. Our mindset is to promote art and creativity, and to love your craft.
What’s the backstage modeling world like?
Hectic. I’m grateful to have a look that’s versatile – I’ve been told, I would never say that – so I do it all, runway, print. Being behind the scenes of a runway show or a photo shoot is crazy. People are yelling, throwing things, telling you to go here and there, and then you have about two seconds to get dressed, all for what amounts to about one minute of work. It’s crazy, but an awesome feeling.
Have you met anyone famous?
I’ve met a lot of my favorites – very humbling. I met Jay-Z and talked to him for about 15 minutes. He actually liked my logo that I was wearing. I met Lupe Fiasco, who is one of my biggest influences, so that was incredible. I met Kanye and he was probably one of the most kind people I’ve met. There’s a big misconception that he’s arrogant, but it’s because he’s so passionate about what he does.
Describe your personal style.
I think my personal style is rebellious meets sophisticated. I wear a mixture of hip-hop street wear, but can also be very tailored. The way I dress is based on the way I feel that day. If I like something I’m going to wear it, even if it’s pink, or purple. Royal purple is one of my favorite colors. I love wearing colors and textures.
Tell me about this look.
I would wear this to go out at night. The jacket actually has my logo on the back. I would call it simplistic pop – not over the top but still catches your eye. I’m definitely not afraid of accessories. They give you that rock star feel. I wear four separate bike chains on my wrist, studded bracelets and this other bracelet that looks like a belt. I also wear a medallion that represents black power. I’ve always been a person of my own style.